Don’t deny it.  You love presents just as much as the rest of us.  Valentine’s Day is next week and with it comes another excuse to shower those you love with special gifts in the name of love, Cupid, commercialism and chocolate.  Why wait for that certain someone to give those gifts?  Give yourself exactly what you – and your closet – need, whether it is a beautiful new shade of lipstick or hot pink heels to put a kick in your step.

Say Yes to Lingerie

Trashy, vampy, and gorgeous: all words used to describe lingerie.  Buy yourself something that you actually want to wear (even if it is only once!) this V-day.  The act alone will add excitement. There is so much to choose from depending on your personal style: sweet or bombshell, petite or plus-size, you can find it.  Lane Bryant is where it’s at for plus-size pieces that are downright desirable.  Their chiffon lace baby doll sets are both pretty and comfortable.  For pure elegance treat yourself to a luxurious nightgown or robe from Nordstrom.  Throw in a good book or that someone special and you have the recipe for racy good time.

Think Pink

February is awash in red.  Hearts, flowers, candy and baubles are all richly ruby.  Change it up and celebrate pink with your ensemble or your face.  Medium to bright pink eye shadow was seen all over the runways this spring and soft to juicy pink lips are also having a moment.  Copy the trend by using the shadow to create a halo effect around the eyes.  Think of it as a sheer wash of color just around the eyes.  Play it up as much as you want.  ButterLondon’s latest pink lacquers ‘Fruit Machine’ and ‘Kerfuffle’ are all the rage this season.

Bathe yourself in luxury by pouring L’Occitane’s latest spring fragrance collection, Spring Cherry into your tub for a relaxing moment alone.  Add a bath bomb from LUSH provides fizzy fun that melts into you and your loved one’s skin while you soak.

Use your accessories to keep the pink going by adding a soft blush purse like the gojane.com metal plate clutch to your wardrobe or a pair of passionately pink ballet flats or hot pink pumps to punch up an outfit. Take a cue from Hayden Panettiere rocked it on the red carpet with a simple white blazer and black pants.  If it is cold throw on a pink scarf or shockingly bright pink gloves for some color on a winter day.

The real secret for a great Valentine’s Day is all about indulging your own desires and passing on the fun whether it is jewel-encrusted, wrapped in leather, cashmere or satin.

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